With the mega success of Marathi movie Sairat, Director Nagraj Manjule has proved that you don’t need established people for success. What you need is your own way of working and trusting others. He made Sairat with all non-actors and this film has set new standards even for Bollywood.
In an interview to The Review Monk, Nagraj Manjule shared his secret formula of working with people of non-filmy background.
I love working with non-actors. I did not make them go through any training. All I ask them to do is learn their dialogues in advance and when they arrive on set, I explain the scene to them and try my best to not make them camera conscious. I usually instruct my crew to stick to their respective roles and not give the cast members any pointers or advice about their performance. With non-actors, it’s very important to retain their unadulterated ‘originality’ and it is my job to motivate them and increase their confidence. That is a very enjoyable process for me.